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Liam Neeson Says Christopher Nolan Didn't Explain Why He Was Back In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 3, 2012 at 5:00PM

Sorry guys, the statute of limitations on spoilers for one of the biggest movies of the summer is over. So yes, Liam Neeson did return in "The Dark Knight Rises," but lest you think that Christopher Nolan let the villain of "Batman Begins" in on the ground floor of why he was back after being killed in the first installment of the franchise, you would be gravely mistaken.
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Sorry guys, the statute of limitations on spoilers for one of the biggest movies of the summer is over. So yes, Liam Neeson did return in "The Dark Knight Rises," but lest you think that Christopher Nolan let the villain of "Batman Begins" in on the ground floor of why he was back after being killed in the first installment of the franchise, you would be gravely mistaken.

The director's penchant for secrecy is well documented and par for the course these days, but you might think that Neeson would be given a bit of background as to why Ra's Al Ghul was hanging out in a musty prison in "The Dark Knight Rises." Not so. “[Nolan] takes it to another extreme — I didn’t know I was in the movie,” Neeson told Hollywood (via MTV). “I went and shot a scene for two hours with Christian Bale. There was a set, and Christian was tied up. I said, ‘Chris, what am I doing?’ [As Nolan:] ‘Um… well, just walk forward, and say the lines, walk back, and that’ll be it, really.’ I said, ‘What the f***? Tell me the story!’ [As Nolan:] ‘Um… I’d prefer not to, really.’ Okay, don’t mind me — I’m just an actor.”

But Neeson shouldn't feel too bad as that's how it probably went on the movie for anyone who wasn't Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman or Gary Oldman. Or wait, maybe he should?

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